Revised Cosmological Constant Predicts a Collapsing Universe

The going theory among cosmologists is that the universe will eventually rip itself to shreds owing to its ever-accelerating rate of expansion. Not so, say a pair of physicists who have just taken it upon themselves to reformulate an integral facet of general relativity: the cosmological constant. » 3/07/14 2:46pm 3/07/14 2:46pm

The real reason why Einstein came to believe in an expanding universe

According to legend, Albert Einstein changed his mind about the static state of the universe in 1931 after astronomer Edwin Hubble showed him evidence that the universe was expanding. A recent paper shows this is a myth — and that Einstein needed a lot more to change his mind. » 2/18/14 10:44am 2/18/14 10:44am

This Is Why Einstein's Brain Was Better Than Yours

Neuroscientists, along with pretty much everyone else, have long suspected that Albert Einstein's brain was somehow unique. A new study now affirms these suspicions, showing that his genius may have arisen from the way the hemispheres of his brain were so freakishly well connected. » 10/07/13 8:00am 10/07/13 8:00am

How much does antimatter weigh?

Antimatter is mysterious, dangerous, and rare. In fiction, it's at the core of Isaac Asimov's positronic brains, the engines on the Enterprise, and the bomb in Dan Brown's Angels and Demons. But in the real world, antimatter is fairly mundane stuff. If the entire universe turned into antimatter, we'd barely notice. Or… » 5/08/13 1:00pm 5/08/13 1:00pm

Zero Hour reveals the secret holy apocalypse clock in Einstein’s brain

Before I begin the recap, I want to make one thing clear: I love Zero Hour. I find it massively entertaining. Oh, it has flaws, and the characters are insane, and nothing makes any sense — but Zero Hour is doing exactly what it sets out to do, and making sense isn't one of those things. I may mock the show, but I can… » 3/01/13 7:00am 3/01/13 7:00am

Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku explain E=MC2 to music

Get your geek on folks, this new music video by Symphony of Science tackles a fairly challenging subject: Einstein's theory of mass-energy equivalence, or what's more commonly known as E=MC2. The video, called "Secret of the Stars," features such notables as Michio Kaku, Brian Cox, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene and… » 2/27/13 10:20am 2/27/13 10:20am

Not content to merely revolutionize our ideas about space and time,…

So you thought that all Einstein did was reinvent everything we thought we knew about space and time. Fool. In his spare time, Einstein wrote papers in support of another multidisciplinary badass. He studied Baer's Law, the law that governs the erosion of rivers, and gives us his version of its mechanics. » 1/27/13 8:00am 1/27/13 8:00am

Einstein may have discovered dark energy without even realizing it

An historian of science from New York University has re-interpreted a correspondence between Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrodinger in which the two scientists argued about the nature of the cosmological constant — a kluge that Einstein embedded in his general theory of relativity to explain why the Universe was… » 12/04/12 12:00pm 12/04/12 12:00pm

5 Historical Myths About Real Scientific Discoveries

Scientific discovery may require reason, rationality, and a firm handle on the facts, but science history has its share of myths, urban legends, and tall tales. Thought experiments are misinterpreted as real experiments; the scientist with the most interesting story gets the credit for a discovery; misunderstandings… » 11/24/12 9:00am 11/24/12 9:00am

Einstein's brain was definitely not like the others, scientists say

The first formal study to take a look at the entire cerebral cortex of Albert Einstein's brain has revealed some interesting clues about the scientist's extraordinary cognitive abilities. Florida State University researchers examined 14 recently rediscovered photographs and compared them to 85 "normal" human brains —… » 11/16/12 6:20am 11/16/12 6:20am